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Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways: New Orleans

Ellen Isaacs / Alamy

No. 12 New Orleans

People love New Orleans for its live music and fabulous food, and both can be found in abundance at the city’s often-free festivals, such as spring’s French Quarter Festival or November’s seafood-focused Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. If you don’t want to compete with the wild-weekend crowds, there are also posh places to enjoy free music, such as the Ritz-Carlton’s Davenport Lounge, where you can sip a Pontchartrain Punch (vodka, Chambord, citrus, and a splash of bubbly, for $14).

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